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KU Beats K-State at Sunflower Showdown

Greyson Heiman and Nick Sprecker February 1, 2023

Last night, No. 8 Kansas University [KU] came out on top over No. 7 Kansas State University [K-State] in a 90-78 victory. With the help of another massive 20 point performance from junior Jalen...

Junior Brynn Cordova, junior Jasmy Mavilla and sophomore Gayla Gao cuts bread. The club served spaghetti and garlic bread at the kitchen.

FEATURE: KEY Club Soup Kitchen

Conrad Hill January 31, 2023

Kiwanis Empowering Youth club [KEY club] was created for students who want to help the community.  Every year KEY club holds an event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a way to serve the community. This...

Varsity Boys Basketball head coach, Sherron Collins joins in with Cortez Overstreet and Zeek Brown in the traditional Alma Matter celebration played after the first home game win against Gardner-Egerton. Starting the season, one of Collins biggest goals was to connect with the players off the court on a personal level.

FEATURE: Sherron Collins First Year Coaching

Nick Sprecker January 28, 2023

When former Kansas standout Sherron Collins was announced as the boys’ basketball head coach, it sent a wave of excitement throughout the Firebird fanbase. The start of the season aroused curiosity throughout...

Members of Dance Hues Studio’s STAMPP [Shine Through Adversity Move Past Prejudice] Performance and Competition Company performed choreography by Paris Spotted Tail and Azia Gambrell to “Cry Your Heart Out” by Adele. The four performers at Ovation are in the company’s pre-professional track which consists of ten or more hours of training per week as well as other learning and advancement opportunities.

FEATURE: Ovation! USD 497 Performance for Students

Lilly Wall January 27, 2023

Ovation!, an annual district-wide talent show including student dancers, musicians and more took place on Jan. 22. at the Lied Center. Students from local high school and middle schools took the stage,...

NEWS BRIEF: Reported Bomb Threat at West Middle School

NEWS BRIEF: Reported Bomb Threat at West Middle School

Natasha Torkzaban January 26, 2023

Editor's note: This story has been updated as new information comes to light. Earlier today, the USD 497 district evacuated students from West Middle School as a safety precaution after receiving...

 Being able to witness the womens squad prevail after years of adversity is both inspiring and motivating t his experience will continue to stick with the girls.

FEATURE: Learning From the Elite

Greyson Heiman January 26, 2023

Due to the University of Kansas [KU] women’s basketball team's early season success, they were ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press [AP] top 25 poll as of Jan. 9. With major victories over Baylor, Oklahoma...

USD 497 Board of Education president Shannon Kimball, speaks at last nights board meeting.

NEWS: District Votes to Transition to iPads

Allison Mayhew and Lilly Wall January 24, 2023

Last night, the USD 497 Board of Education voted to transition high school student devices from MacBooks to iPads in the fall. The vote passed six-to-one.  The USD 497 news release from last night's...

Senior Lily Otter smiles while performing on stage at an improvisation show. Otter and her fellow teammates prepared for the festival by using their shows in the black box theatre as a learning experience

NEWS: Kansas Thespian Festival

Lilly Wall January 19, 2023

The competitive improvisation [improv] team traveled to Wichita and took first place at the Kansas Thespian Festival Jan. 5-7. Additionally, the theatre department extended their success, receiving a Gold...

News Brief:  Futures Planning Committee Proposes Budget Cuts

News Brief: Futures Planning Committee Proposes Budget Cuts

Natasha Torkzaban , Lilly Wall , and Cici Hunter January 18, 2023

In an attempt to bridge the budget gap of $9.6 million, the USD 497 Futures Planning Committee (FPC) is deciding on a series of proposed cuts. The main objectives are to achieve competitive wages for...

EDITORIAL: Andrew Tates Social Media Influence

EDITORIAL: Andrew Tate’s Social Media Influence

Natasha Torkzaban December 18, 2022

“Why would you be with a woman who’s not a virgin anyway? She is used goods. Second hand.” —Andrew Tate, in a interview from Love 2 Fight Magazine  You could argue that people like Andrew Tate...

Sophomore Everett Essman gets back on his feet after diving for the ball.

FEATURE: Students Form After School Spikeball Club

Lilly Wall December 13, 2022

After playing his first game of spikeball this summer, sophomore and co-founder Marvin Kapfer was hooked. Spikeball is a game played in teams of two in which the pair has three contacts to hit the 12 inch...

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